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Dead or Alive (1999)

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (original title)
A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Ichiro Ryu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Riki Takeuchi ... Ryuuichi
Shô Aikawa ... Det. Jojima
Renji Ishibashi ... Aoki
Hitoshi Ozawa Hitoshi Ozawa ... Satake
Shingo Tsurumi ... Chen
Kaoru Sugita Kaoru Sugita ... Mrs. Jojima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duncan Duncan ... Tanaka (as Dankan)
Shû Ehara Shû Ehara ... Rapist in restroom
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Police Chief
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya Michisuke Kashiwaya ... Toji
Kazuki Kitamura
Mizuho Koga Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami
Ren Osugi ... Yan (as Ren Ôsugi)
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Storyline

Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi (Takeuchi Riki) and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima (Aikawa Sho) stands between them and complete domination. Written by anonymous

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WARNING: This motion picture contains explicit portrayals of violence; sex; violent sex; sexual violence; clowns and violent scenes of violent excess, which are definitely not suitable for all audiences.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

27 November 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive See more »

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Budget:

JPY500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Detective Jojima: My father was a small-village cop in a town where nothing ever happened. He just hung around like a scarecrow, until he died. But like they say - even a scarecrow keeps away the sparrows.
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Alternate Versions

R-rated version is edited. The unrated version is uncut. See more »

Connections

Edited into Cent une tueries de zombies (2012) See more »

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User Reviews

Not What I Expected-And That's Good!
2 September 2003 | by sinistre1111See all my reviews

Hey this wasn't bad at all. I expected shocking violence and gory thrills, based on the film's reputation, but what I got instead was a thinking, feeling, bizarrely creative film. This was my first Takashi Miike film, and my expectations were low, partly because he's so hyped, and partly because I'm over being shocked, and his films have a reputation of being, well, shocking. The character of the cop is especially palpable, and the scenes that take place in his home are more like the quiet moments of a Beat Takeshi film. This dramatic realism is somehow anchored in the otherwise chaotic flow of the rest of the film. There's a real anything-can-happen vibe to this film that keeps you on the edge, yet when you reflect back upon it, there are really only a few heavy action sequences. I thought that was pretty brilliant, though some may feel disappointed by the low count of flipped cars. Hey wanna see an action film? See Formula 51; that had plenty of action, with no damn reason for any of it. And what a forgettable film that was. Dead or Alive is rollicking and at times inexplicable, but never boring. Highly recommended.


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